The Stolen Minks are a three-piece garage punk band, who have been called "Halifax's answer to the Gossip and the Detroit Cobras" (Montreal Mirror).
They have shared stages with notable bands of their genre, including the Black Lips, Wanda Jackson, King Khan & BBQ, Brutal Knights, the Deathset, Statues and An Albatross. The Stolen Minks have been showcased at festivals like the Halifax Pop Explosion, Pop Montreal, Sappy Fest and Ladyfest Ottawa.
The band's latest album, High Kicks, was released on the New Romance for Kids Label out of Montreal, in September 2008. Lauded as a "drenched-in-fuzz blend of garage rock meets sassy punk" (Exclaim!), High Kicks was well received in Canada. The album charted for thirteen weeks (with six weeks in the top ten) on Canadian campus and community radio and reached number two on the Earshot! monthly charts published in Exclaim!
The Stolen Minks' previous record, Family Boycott, was praised as "eight songs of dance floor coups and back alley bruising" (Skyscraper). The album hit number one twice on Earshot in the thirteen weeks in charted.
In 2007, New Romance for Kids re-released the Stolen Minks' sold-out 2005 self-titled E.P. on 7-inch vinyl. All releases are distributed through FAB distribution in Canada and Morphius distribution in the United States.
Halifax animator Ben Jeddrie has produced two videos for the band, "Boys on the Floor" in 2006 (off the S/T E.P.), and "Stop Talking" in 2007 (off Family Boycott). "Stop Talking" was screened at the Atlantic Film Festival, and both videos received airplay on MuchMusic and MuchLoud. A video for "Consecutives" (off High Kicks) was recently produced by Halifax visual artist, Paul Hammond of Yo Rodeo.
The Stolen Minks are featured in the 2008 documentary, 6015 Willow, which boasts performances from a stellar lineup of Halifax bands, including Dog Day and North of America. The film was screened at the Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax Pop Explosion, Pop Montreal and Sappy Fest.
Always eager to get in the van, the Stolen Minks have toured Canada extensively, from British Columbia to Newfoundland. In the fall of 2008, they completed a ten week tour of North America, heading as far south as Austin, Texas. Their tour-mates have included the Guest Bedroom, Katie Stelmanis and BA Johnston, Goodnight Loving and Hollywood. The Stolen Minks toured North America again in June 2009, following quickly on the heels of their two-week jaunt to the US in March.
The Stolen Minks have recorded four songs for an upcoming 7inch to be released in the new year.
Tiina Johns bass/vocals
Erica Butler drums/vocals
Steffi Johns guitar/vocals